WATCH: Federica Pellegrini Time Trials 53.6 100 Free

With virtually every championship or trials meet originally scheduled for the next month or so cancelled, we’ve seen a few different clubs and teams run time trials to take advantage of their form and post some fast times.

Four-time Italian Olympian Federica Pellegrini did just that on Tuesday, racing the 100 freestyle (LCM) in a time of 53.6.

After the race, Pellegrini pointed out that the athletes of national interest should train. “It’s our job,” she said. She also added that they’re running these time trials to test her preparation and that she’ll race the 200 free on Thursday.

The time for the 31-year-old is one of the fastest of her career (fourth or fifth fastest, depending on what the hundredths were). Her lifetime best of 53.18 was done at the Sette Colli Trophy in 2016, and she was also 53.40 and 53.66 in 2019, and 53.55 back in 2009.

The Italian Olympic Trials, which were scheduled to run March 17-21, were officially cancelled on March 9th.

If official, the time would’ve slotted her into 13th in the world this season. 53.6 is also dead-on the Italian imposed Olympic qualification standard for the women’s 100 free. At the first opportunity for Italian swimmers to qualify in December, Pellegrini clocked 53.95 in this race.

You can watch Pellegrini’s race video below. One of the athletes racing next to her is Lorenzo Glessi.

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1 year ago

No wonder she’s upset about the Olympics possibly being postponed. She’s swimming fast right now

1 year ago

Illegal time. Swum with guys. Perfect rabbits for her pace. Good but not as impressive as if done next to a top 20 woman.

ACC fan
Reply to  mds
1 year ago

Totally agree. Impressive but pulled along

Reply to  ACC fan
1 year ago

The time is impressive but video isn’t. I mean the camerawork makes it looking slow. Just recently my son sent me a video of him down skiing the black diamond trail. The video was made by iPhone With such a video camera it looks like a bunny hill.

Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

See how hard it is to make swimming look exciting for the general public?? If you Yozhik, an avid swim fan thought that was ‘boring’, imagine everybody else.

And Federica, hang tight and be patient, I’m sure you’ll do amazing anytime you suit up and race. DIVA!

1 year ago

well thats a meaningless time, when she clearly had guys next to her to draft on. she might be able to swim a 53.6 or a 54.9 or anything in between rn. weird why they would do that

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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